sounding lead


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sounding lead

 (lĕd)
n.
The metal weight at the end of a sounding line.

sounding lead

(lɛd)
n
(Navigation) a lead weight, usually conical and having a depression in the base for a dab of grease so that, when dropped to the bottom on a sounding line, a sample of sand, gravel, etc, can be retrieved
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Noun1.sounding lead - a metal bob at the end of a sounding linesounding lead - a metal bob at the end of a sounding line
bob - a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
lead line, sounding line - (nautical) plumb line for determining depth
References in classic literature ?
Sir, at this moment we have 3,508 fathoms of line out, and the ball which draws the sounding lead has not yet touched the bottom; for if so, it would have come up of itself.
Old time partyboat skippers tell of reading the bottom with a sounding lead on a heaving line.